On Saturday May 12th, 2012 a group of twelve enthusiastic kids gathered for a two-hour craft session at the Scandinavia House. The design duo Kaksitvå (Piia Keto & Marjo Kuusinen) was hosting a jewelry workshop with a new outlook on jewelry and accessories. With Piia’s and Marjo’s guidance the children came up with wonderful and unique designs.

Two-day architecture festival: April 20-21, 2012

The Newly Drawn event series in New York aimed to create dialogue between Finnish and American architects. The two-day architecture festival was created to function as a platform for those discussions.

The festival started with lectures and an opening reception at Cooper Union on Friday 20th April. On Saturday the event continued with round table discussions at AIA. After the afternoon of discussions there was a party and Tuomas Toivonen’s architectural rap performance in the gallery space.

The New Finnish Design CITY lounge is a three-day design experience during New York design week at the Wanted Design fair. The CITY lounge will present a selection of products, both material and post material, by such Finnish designers, manufacturers and service design companies as Inno Interior, Samu Viitanen, Secto Design, Vallila Interior, and VividWorks.

Painter Pekka Vesterinen works primarily in oil on canvas and uses rich, vibrant colors within square frames to evoke a sense of movement. His brush strokes have a resemblance to the fast motion captured in a photograph. Vesterinen's series of color field painting are full of light. The scale of his works ranges from large 5 to 10 feet tall paintings to smaller ones, often shown as installations. The artist's intention is to communicate a sense of optimism and tranquility with his works.

The exhibition 1<3 features work by students from the OCAD University, the Chung-Ang University, and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. This collaborative event features a multi-faceted installation of photographs with recorded and live exchange of images and performances by students in Toronto, Seoul and Tampere. The photographic and video works, existing simultaneously around the globe, will delve into the virtual interpretation of physical space, attempting to collapse distances and address the idiosyncrasies of communication across cultures.

These lectures and discussions are part of a two-day festival of Finnish architecture in New York, itself part of a larger international tour of emerging Finnish architects. The program will present four young Finnish practices: ALA Architects, Avanto Architects, K2S Architects, NOW for Architecture and Urbanism. It also creates a platform for an open dialogue between emerging Finnish firms and New York based young award winning firms. The exhibition related to the tour is on view at the Center for Architecture April 1 - 30, 2012.

Mika Taanila is a Finnish film director and visual artist. His cinematic style falls somewhere between traditional documentary and avant-garde art films. His recurring themes are the relations between technology, people, and society. All his films are based on some pre-existing phenomenon, person, atmosphere, or musical piece. For Taanila, the most exiting part the work is when he has the material stirring in front of him on the editing desk. Taanila considers his films as constructions, put together piece by piece.

Marjo Kuusinen and Piia Keto originally met at a punk club in Lahti, Finland in 1997. Their fashion brand Kaksitvå (kaksi being two in Finnish and två two in Swedish) was created in 2005 with the duo selling handmade lace jewelry at a student fair. They have since moved on from handmade collections but the original punk attitude and playfulness still are essential features of their style. Keto and Kuusinen find inspiration from everything that happens around them: country life as well as worldwide adventures, and the great parties the duo is known for organizing.

During the last decade, there has been a significant shift in the Finnish architectural field, as a new generation of young architects has established themselves by winning many recent architectural competitions in Finland and abroad. The NEWLY DRAWN Emerging Finnish Architects project offers an easy access to new Finnish architecture and its latest developments by introducing nine interesting young, upcoming Finnish architectural offices, their latest projects, visions and ways of working. Their work is newly drawn, and much of it yet to be realized, but their era is about to begin.

Selina Anttinen is the institute's artist-in-residence in March.

Selina Anttinen runs her own Helsinki-based architectural office, Anttinen Oiva Architects Ltd. (AOA), which she founded together with her husband, Vesa Oiva, in 2006 after having won a couple of design competitions. AOA works with both building design and urban planning. According to Anttinen and Oiva, the objective for AOA is to create unique and sustainable environments.

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